5 Tips for Living with Dentures

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5 Tips for Living with Dentures

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5 Tips for Living With Dentures Dentist Grand Rapids, MIWe know transitioning from natural teeth to dentures takes time. However, following our tips can help you quickly get used to speaking and eating with dentures.

Whether you need full or partial dentures, your local dentist will let you know what you can expect before tooth extraction.

For example, a removable partial denture holds remaining natural teeth in place so they don’t tilt toward the open space and fall out. Your dentist will be able to create denture teeth that look natural so you can smile with confidence.

1.) Read out loud

It’s perfectly normal for you to lisp some of your words after getting false teeth. Your tongue, cheeks, and gums will have to adjust to speaking around your new oral appliance. To help you get back to speaking normally, we recommend reading out loud or practicing certain words that slip you up.
Whenever you come across a new word you have difficulty pronouncing, write it down on a list to be practiced. When you practice speaking out loud, you’ll be able to feel more confident when speaking with family members, friends, or coworkers.

2.) Know how to correct slipping dentures

If you choose immediate dentures, your dentist will need to adjust the fit once your mouth recovers from dental extraction. Your dentist will ensure your new dentures fit properly before you leave their office. However, even the best dentures occasionally slip.

Dentures can slip when you move abruptly from sneezing, coughing, laughing, or even smiling. To correct slippage discretely, we recommend gently biting down and swallowing. This will slightly adjust your dentures for a more comfortable fit while being unnoticeable to others. 

3.) Eat carefully

After getting dentures, eat foods that are soft or cut into bite-sized pieces. For example, you can eat mashed potatoes, breakfast shakes, and yogurt.  As you get used to eating with dentures, gradually include tougher or chewier foods. Remember that wearing dentures takes some getting used to, so you’ll want to ease your way into eating your normal diet. 

4.) Soak dentures when not in use

The most affordable dentures are the ones you only have to buy once. While natural teeth are constantly bathed in saliva, the same can’t be said of your dental dentures. To stop dentures from drying out, you’ll need to submerge them in a glass of water or denture cleanser when they’re not in use. Otherwise, your dentures will warp and crack. Proper denture care will help you save money in the long run.

5.) Use a denture adhesive

If you want to go back to eating your favorite foods, we recommend using denture adhesives to hold your dental dentures in place. That way, you’ll be able to feel confident while eating or talking. Denture adhesives are sold in most grocery stores and come in either a cream or strip. A dentist may be able to recommend a denture adhesive brand if you are unsure what to get.

If you have several missing teeth, dentures can be a great way to restore your quality of life so you can eat and talk with confidence. Our tips will help you through the brief transition period so you can start feeling comfortable with your smile again.

Our Grand Rapids dentists a are dedicated to helping you smile with confidence after tooth loss with dentures and other tooth replacement options. To schedule your appointment for dentures and dental services, call GR Family Dental at (616) 455-3020.